Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words & Phrases

Oxford Dictionary of Foreign Words & Phrases

by Jennifer Speake
     
 


If foreign words and phrases are your "bete noire", here is a superb reference that offers coverage of over 8,000 foreign words and phrases that are in regular use in English today. Readers will find clear definitions of words such as "fandango," "futon," "falsetto," "basmati," "bistro," "nouvelle cousine"--and many other words found in everyday speech as well as… See more details below

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If foreign words and phrases are your "bete noire", here is a superb reference that offers coverage of over 8,000 foreign words and phrases that are in regular use in English today. Readers will find clear definitions of words such as "fandango," "futon," "falsetto," "basmati," "bistro," "nouvelle cousine"--and many other words found in everyday speech as well as in musical direction, the arts, food, medicine, science, literature and belles-lettres. As one would expect in a language as global as English, the Dictionary draws words from a wide array of languages including Afrikaans, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindustani, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Turkish. The entries are browsable, but also authoritative, with detailed information on each word or phrase, including any alternative spellings, the date of the word's introduction into English, its language of origin and original spelling, its definition, and notes on usage and other points of interest. Quotations have been liberally sprinkled throughout to illustrate how the words are used in context. All of these features add up to a book that is "sine qua non" (absolutely indispensable) for all reference shelves.

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Covers some 8,000 foreign words and phrases from a wide array of languages, including Afrikaans, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindustani, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Turkish. Definitions include alternative spellings, the date of the word's introduction into English, its language of origin and original spelling, and notes on usage and other points of interest. Often, quotations are used to illustrate how the words are used in context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780198602361
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/17/1998
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)

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